50 days in France & New York City Itinerary

50 days in France & New York City Itinerary

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50 days in France & New York City Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
New York City, United States
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h
2
Paris, France
— 11 nights
train:  30​min
3
Versailles, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Caen, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Saint-Malo, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Brest, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Goulien, France
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
8
Ergue-Gaberic, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
9
Concarneau, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Nantes, France
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  5​h
11
Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
12
Perpignan, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
13
Port-Vendres, France
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
14
Colmar, France
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 45​min
15
Amboise, France
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  35​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand


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New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, examine the collection at New York Public Library, stroll around The High Line, and admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read New York City road trip website .

Auckland, New Zealand to New York City is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Auckland to New York City, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 21°C. On the 29th (Mon), you'll travel to Paris.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library
The High Line ©
The High Line

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Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Paris takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Paris. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité

4
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Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
When in Versailles, make a side trip to see Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Palace of Versailles, explore the wealth of natural beauty at L'Orangerie, and don't miss a visit to The Hall of Mirrors.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Versailles driving holiday planner .

Versailles is very close to Paris. In July in Versailles, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Versailles

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Fondation Claude Monet
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Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
L'Orangerie ©
L'Orangerie
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

1
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Caen, France

Caen ©
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Take a break from Caen with a short trip to Falaises d'Etretat in Etretat, about 1h 15 min away.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Caen road trip planning website .

Drive from Versailles to Caen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Versailles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Caen, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. On the 18th (Sat), you're off toSaint-Malo.

Things to do in Caen

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Falaises d'Etretat
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat

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nights
Saint-Malo, France

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Malo: Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). There's much more to do: hike along GR 34, kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, and make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo day trip planner.

You can drive from Caen to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll set off for Brest on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Mont Saint-Michel, Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
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Plage du Sillon ©
Plage du Sillon
Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

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Brest, France

Brest ©
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Oceanopolis. There's still lots to do: get your game on at The Roof, appreciate the history behind Fanny de Laninon et Jean Quemeneur, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest, and walk around Parc de la Penfeld.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brest trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Saint-Malo to Brest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Goulien.

Things to do in Brest

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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Oceanopolis ©
Oceanopolis
Fanny de Laninon et Jean Quemeneur ©

1
day
Goulien, France

Goulien
Goulien is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France.PopulationInhabitants of Goulien are called in French Goulienois. To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Goulien trip planner .

You can drive from Brest to Goulien in 1.5 hours. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off toErgue-Gaberic.

Things to do in Goulien

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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nights
Ergue-Gaberic, France

Ergue-Gaberic ©
Ergué-Gabéric is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France. On the 23rd (Thu), head outdoors with Bonobo Parc. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Carnac stones.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ergue-Gaberic trip planner.

Traveling by car from Goulien to Ergue-Gaberic takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Concarneau.

Things to do in Ergue-Gaberic

Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carnac stones, Bonobo Parc
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Carnac stones ©
Carnac stones

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nights
Concarneau, France

Concarneau ©
Concarneau is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France. When in Concarneau, make a side trip to see Port De St Goustan in Auray, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at L' Aven Parc, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Peche, stroll through Plage de Cornouaille, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ville Close de Concarneau.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Concarneau vacation maker .

Concarneau is just a short distance from Ergue-Gaberic. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Concarneau

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Port De St Goustan, L' Aven Parc, Le Jardin de la Retraite
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Ville Close de Concarneau ©
Ville Close de Concarneau
L' Aven Parc ©
L' Aven Parc
Plage de Cornouaille ©
Plage de Cornouaille

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Nantes, France

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
When in Nantes, make a side trip to see Le Puy du Fou in Les Epesses, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, and put a fun spin on your tour with Qui Veut Pister.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nantes tour builder tool .

Traveling by car from Concarneau to Nantes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Concarneau, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nantes, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nantes

Theme Parks Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Puy du Fou
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Puy du Fou ©
Puy du Fou
Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile
Room Escape Games

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nights
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, museums, nature, wineries, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at Chateau Auzias, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne online journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Nantes to Carcassonne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Nantes in July, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Perpignan.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

La cité médiévale
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Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine ©
Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Lac de la Cavayere ©
Lac de la Cavayere

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Perpignan, France

Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get interesting insight from Deversud, get great views at Castillet, then steep yourself in history at Cathedrale St-Jean, then don't miss a visit to Cloitre-Cimetiere Saint-Jean, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Perpignan online trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Carcassonne to Perpignan in an hour. Another option is to drive. August in Perpignan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port-Vendres.

Things to do in Perpignan

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Room Escape Games
Cathedrale St-Jean ©
Cathedrale St-Jean
Castillet ©
Castillet

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Port-Vendres, France

Port-Vendres is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.A typical Mediterranean fishing port, situated near the Spanish border on the Côte Vermeille in south west France, Port-Vendres is renowned for its numerous fish and sea food restaurants.HistoryPort-Vendres has been in existence since Iron Age times, when it was used as a harbour connected with the Iberian settlement of Illiberis (modern Elne). Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Domaine Claire Mayol, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then get outside with Le Sentier Sous-Marin de Cerbere-Banyuls.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port-Vendres holiday planner.

Port-Vendres is just a stone's throw from Perpignan. In August in Port-Vendres, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. You will leave for home on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Port-Vendres

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Le Sentier Sous-Marin de Cerbere-Banyuls
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Domaine Claire Mayol ©
Domaine Claire Mayol

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Colmar, France

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden, make a trip to Old Town, and then see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Statue of Liberty, take a stroll through Little Venice, then admire the landmark architecture of Maison Schongauer, and finally admire the striking features of Maison Pfister.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colmar tour itinerary website .

You can drive from Port-Vendres to Colmar in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In August, Colmar is little chillier than Port-Vendres - with highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Musée d'Unterlinden ©
Musée d'Unterlinden
Musee du Jouet ©
Musee du Jouet
Old Town ©
Old Town

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Amboise, France

Amboise
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Florentin, admire the natural beauty at Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and finally do a tasting at Plou Et Fils. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Amboise online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Colmar to Amboise takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Amboise are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amboise

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Chateau de Chenonceau
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Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise

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